Job Title: GSFP Farm Manager

  • Full Time
  • Lompoc

Website Goodsamaritan shelter Good Samaritan Shelter

Goodsamaritan shelter

Job Title: GSFP Farm Manager

Good Samaritan Shelter is a non-profit organization providing temporary housing and extensive support services to the homeless and those in recovery in Santa Barbara County.  Good Samaritan is excited to now have a unique opportunity to initiate a program in Lompoc that will allow them to grow their own vegetables and fruit in an ecologically sustainable way. This would enable them to serve their clients a healthier diet of fresh food and provide an opportunity for some of their clients to learn job skills.


The Good Samaritan Food Project (GSFP) seeks a full-time, benefited Farm Manager for its essential farm program. The Farm Manager will lead the entire operation of the GSFP’s food production program and farm training program as well as restore, manage, and maintain the necessary farm infrastructure and equipment.


Like similar roles at other farms and ranches, the Farm Manager will at times supervise a small team (~2-5 people) to carry out their responsibilities. Unlike similar roles, the team is often composed of clients housed in the Emergency Housing Shelter who work limited hours and likely have no prior agricultural experience.

The Farm Training program for some of the Emergency Housing Shelter residents is an important component of this project.  A primary responsibility of the Farm Manager during the first phase will be to develop and lead a training program for clients from the shelters giving them the opportunity to successfully engage in their own food production. The curriculum would need to be designed for trainees with no prior farming experience.

The Farm Manager will be successful through careful maintenance of equipment and efficient operation of the farm largely without outside supervision. Their impact on the GSFP will be measured by their operational success (growing food) and demonstrated ability to improve the farm, manage their budget, and build healthy relationships with clients. This position is a rare and rewarding way to impact a local community’s most vulnerable residents. Although not currently certified organic, the farm’s long-term goals are rooted in stewardship and the improvement of the land. While extensive farming experience is preferred, we welcome any candidate who can accomplish the delegated responsibilities, including those whose primary experience is in row crops and horticulture. This position may be a great opportunity for a farmer early in their career seeking to build experience establishing and managing small-scale vegetable production. The position may also be a great fit for an experienced farmer looking to share their knowledge with a grateful community without the stress of sales and marketing.

Most importantly, Good Samaritan is seeking an individual that feels stimulated and energized by this special opportunity and challenge to shape the GSFP from the ground floor and to develop and guide it to its full potential.


In the long ago past, this farmland overlooking the Santa Ynez river was planted with dry-farmed fruit trees. More recently, but still a while back, greenhouses were built and maintained in commercial operation until about 20 years ago. All the (3) greenhouses and their irrigation system are now in disuse and disrepair and will require an ongoing effort over the first year or two to salvage and rebuild. The acreage outside the greenhouses has been entirely reclaimed by nature and will be a challenge to demarcate from production areas, much less actively farm. Decisions will need to be made about how and where to begin farming at the same time as repairs are underway. A multiyear budget and farm plan is required in order to allocate funding and time according to the priorities recommended by the Farm Manager. An agronomic consultant from the Rodale Institute has been retained to advise the Farm Manager on all steps along the way as well as to prepare an application for Organic Certification.


The Farmer must have the experience and skills necessary to independently carry out all responsibilities listed below:

Operate, maintain, assess and repair small tractors, and implements
Operate, maintain, and repair pumps, plumbing, irrigation lines, and sprinklers
Design and implement effective farming techniques to ensure healthy production
Work with Shelter chefs to help determine produce production
Managing and directing volunteer and hired laborers
Leading Farm Training Curriculum
Perform all tasks in accordance with the GSFP’s Safety and Wellness Protocol and responsibly work to enhance that program
Other duties as assigned by the GSFP Director
Participate in the GSFP community outside of the farm operations, as described in the Staff Personnel Policy
Required Qualifications

Employment Eligibility Verification.
Negative tuberculosis test.
Successful completion of background screening.
Negative Pre-Employment Drug Screening Result
CPR/First Aid training.
Driving is an essential function of this position
Must have Valid CA Driver’s License
Must be able to qualify for Good Samaritan Shelter insurance coverage
Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, stoop, talk, hear, reach above and below shoulders; use hand and finger dexterity, keyboarding, and making and receive telephone calls. The employee may be required on occasion to lift and or carry up to 50 lbs.

Good Samaritan Shelter provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Good Samaritan Shelter complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

Good Samaritan Shelter is a non-profit, community-based organization and depends on every staff member doing what needs to be done to serve the community and clients. On occasion, you may be required to perform job duties outside of your normal assignments on an as-needed basis.

Full-Time Benefits to Include:

Medical, Life, Dental, and Vision Insurance Paid Time Off

Paid Holidays

401K Retirement Plan with Agency Match

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